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IELTS speaking test part 1 strategies

IELTS TEST SPEAKING STRATEGIES

1. Divide into three parts:

2. General to specific (Give an example):

3. Depends:

4. Concession:

5. Avoidance

IELTS speaking tips and strategies to extend your speaking and also specific tips for part 1, part 2, and part 3 of the IELTS speaking exam.

IELTS speaking strategies part 1
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IELTS speaking test. Part one I’m going to be giving you my top tips and strategies for doing well in part one of your IELTS test. In this video, I’m going to be focusing on the different types of questions and the strategies you can use to increase your score in your IELTS speaking test. Essentially we are going to be focusing on two things and this video, first of all, we are going to look at the different types of questions you can get in part one of the speaking test and were also going to be looking at strategies you can use to deal with these different questions before we look at the different types of questions. Let’s look at some speaking strategies that you can use in your test.

The first strategy is to divide your answers into two or three parts. The second strategy is to expand your answers by moving from general to more specific and possibly giving an example. The third strategy is to use a depends strategy. The fourth strategy is making a concession you may have experienced this in your essay writing. Essentially it’s where you establish an argument and then you may provide a counter-argument to this main argument. Finally, an avoidance strategy is where you avoid answering the question. At first and then provide your answer. I’d like to talk about why you should use the strategies. First of all, it will help you to give longer answers without a lot of effort that also helps to increase your fluency. This is because you’ll be able to speak at a faster speed and with few hesitations that also help you be well prepared for the test and this is important because if you feel well-prepared then you can be confident and less anxious about having to take your test

Now let’s talk a bit about why we should prepare question types. First of all, there are fewer question types and topics. There are about 10 different question types that I’m going to show you, whereas there are about 200 topics that are currently in the test and part of this problem is that you won’t even know which topics you going to get in your test. These question types that I’m going to show you make up over 80% of the questions you’re going to get in your test. This means it’s highly likely that most of these questions that I’m showing your question types that I’m showing you are going to occur in your real test. Another reason we want to prepare for these types of questions is because we can prepare language especially for this test and another reason is that we can reduce our brain loading if we are prepared for these different types of questions with language strategies and also structures that we can use to answer them.

We are going to be able to answer these questions relatively effortlessly and this is are going to reduce the loading on your brain when answering these questions. This reduction in your brain load will then allow you to focus on content words to answer the particular question that you’ve been given. Now we going to move on and look at some of the different question types that you going to get in part one of your IELTS test. I’m going to introduce a question type along with a strategy you can use for the question type and then give you a structure for your answer. After this, there will be a sample question and model answer for this question with the description question type you’re asked to describe something we going to use the strategy of dividing your answer into a couple of points.

Other strategies can be used. We just using the dividing strategy is what the way of answering this type of question we going to use the structure of a general statement followed by .1 and then .2 you’re going to hear a sample question followed by a model answer. What does your home looks like well I live on the ninth floor of a high-rise condo elected begin by saying that it has a bird’s eye view of my city on top of that I can also add that is very spacious lately. I’d also like to mention that it was recently be decorated so it is very comparable to live in the types of question requires you to identify different types of something, in this case, it’s going to be different types of restaurants. Again we going to use a dividing strategy and again the structure is a general statement followed by .1 and then .2 the two points are going to be different types of restaurants what kinds of restaurants are popular in your country in order to create a mixed variety of eating establishments I think the most common one’s are fast food joints as they are inexpensive. In addition, vegetarian restaurants are also extremely popular for health-conscious people.

Liking questions are about what sort of things you like we are now going to use the strategy of general to specific we going to use the structure of a general statement followed by a more precise statement and then a reason what sort of music do you like well, in general, I would say I’m a big fan of classic rock ‘n’ roll music. In particular, I’m really keen on and generous from the 60s and 70s and I guess this is because they bring back fond memories of my youth disliking questions are about things you don’t like we going to use the general to specific strategy and the structure is general dislike followed by a more precise statement and then a reason what sort of music do you not like. Generally speaking, I’d have to say that I’m not really fond of today’s modern music to be more specific really counts down technical and rap music. I think this is due to the fact that it is loud, repetitive and in my opinion doesn’t highlight the musician’s talents.

You are often asked questions about your habits. We can only use the depends on strategy to answer this question to set up two different preferences we are going to use the structure where we start with a depends statement then and if statement with our first preference and then another. If statement with our second preference. What do you usually do on the Internet. I think it depends really on how busy I am with work obligations, if I’m required to study or research a subject I prefer to get your spouse completed but if I have spare time, I would rather engage in social media charts play computer games a lot of questions can be answered with a simple yes or no. We going to use a depends strategy to give a longer answer we go to use the structure of a depends statement followed by our first preference and then our second preference do you like shopping online well, to be honest, I would have to say that it really depends usually prefer going into storage so I can see with something actually looks like of all, sometimes I prefer the convenience of shopping from warm online

WH questions are questions like who where what and why we going to use the strategy of a concession. This is commonly used in essays, but we can use it here as well. We are going to use the structure of having a main point and then following that with a concession. What do you usually do on weekends well like a sleep better and in the evenings hang out with my friends you got a nice restaurant and catching up with the past week’s activities are always of course could be argued that that time would be better spent studying and preparing for school you often asked questions about when you were a child we can extend our answer using a concession strategy we are going to use the structure of a main point followed by a concession what type of food did you like when you were a child. Actually, I preferred fast food like fried chicken, hotdogs and hamburgers. However, I am quite aware that it wasn’t the healthiest diet and may contribute to health issues in my future.

Some questions ask you about the future. We going to use and avoiding strategy. The structure is an avoiding phrase followed by a direct answer to the question would you like to learn a new language in the future. Well, to be honest, I don’t really have a clear plan but I guess that I will probably study Chinese because I’m really interested to visit China in the near future. Comparing questions ask you to compare two different things or select from two different choices we going to use our avoidance strategy to extend our answer. The structure is an avoiding phrase followed by our direct answer to the question do you prefer studying in the morning or in the afternoon all electable thoughts. Hope you choose only one but I guess that if I had to choose one then I would rather study in the morning and the main reason for this is because I lately prefer getting my study out of the way as soon as possible

To briefly summarise this lesson use the strategies of showing you to give longer answers and increase fluency prepare for different question types so that you can deal with 80% of the questions in part one of your IELTS speaking test.

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